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Comment on impact on colorectal cancer mortality of screening programmes based on the faecal immunochemical test
  1. Richard F Logan1,2,
  2. Stephen P Halloran3
  1. 1Eastern Hub, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, Nottingham University Hospitals Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3Southern Hub, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Richard F Logan, Eastern Hub, Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, Nottingham University Hospitals Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK; richard.logan{at}nottingham.ac.uk

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Sir,

Zorzi et al1 are to be commended for their timely analysis of the impact of using a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) on colorectal cancer mortality in their screening programme. The 24% colorectal cancer mortality reduction they report will surely give impetus to efforts to introduce FIT into other screening programmes. As they rightly observe, the impact of these newer screening tests is likely only to be determined from observational studies such as their study rather than further randomised trials.

Nevertheless, some …

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